Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

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Beat the heat with a refreshingly simmer-free recipe for Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce.

Top down view of bowl containing pasta with no-cook tomato sauce, fresh basil and burrata

Summer days, driftin’ away!

Hit pause on that Grease soundtrack and swap “driftin'” with “meltin'” because it is hotter than an oven out there, people!

Top down view of two white bowls containing pasta with no-cook tomato sauce, fresh basil and burrata

While us southern Californians haven’t had quite the heat wave the northeast and midwest are in the midst of, I can say that the temperature has been walking-through-a-hair-dryer-esque lately.

Hot, humid and in search of all things frozen, the last thing anyone wants to do amidst the scorching days of summer is crank up their oven.

Glass bowl containing no-cook tomato sauce ingredients: chopped tomatoes, cheese, spices, pine nuts and garlic

So it’s no-cook pasta sauce to the rescue!

Yes, you will have to boil the noodles, but no, there will be zero slow-simmering sauces required for this flavor-packed plate-o-carbs. It’s as if bruschetta, burrata and your fave noods joined forces for a summery soiree, and didn’t invite your big ol’ Dutch oven to the party. #sorrynotsorry

Grab your knife, get dicin’ and let this slightly sweet, a touch tangy and 100 perfect refreshing no-cook tomato sauce help you chill out, beat the heat and keep your cool, no matter how hot the temp gets.

White bowls containing pasta with no-cook tomato sauce, fresh basil and burrata garnished with red pepper flakes

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Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Beat the heat with a refreshingly simmer-free recipe for Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.86 from 7 votes
Top down view of bowl containing pasta with no-cook tomato sauce, fresh basil and burrata
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked pasta, such as spaghetti or bucatini
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (8-oz.) ball of burrata
  • Fresh basil leaves, to garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook it until al dente, about 10 minutes. While the pasta cooks, make your sauce.
  • Halve the tomatoes and scoop out and discard the seeds. Finely chop the tomatoes then add them to a large mixing bowl along with the garlic, oregano, chili flakes (optional), red wine vinegar, pine nuts, cheese and olive oil. Stir together the sauce then taste and season it with salt, pepper and sugar (as desired). 
  • Drain the pasta then add it immediately to the bowl with the tomato sauce, tossing well to combine.
  • Divide the pasta into serving bowls then top with a portion of the burrata and fresh basil. Serve immediately. 
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Calories: 983kcal, Carbohydrates: 98g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 52g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 328mg, Potassium: 950mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 2560IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 641mg, Iron: 3.9mg


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  1. 4 stars
    Hi there,
    A commendable recipe but with just one snag – fresh tomatoes in this country (NZ) cost an absolute fortune here, especially when out of season! We rely heavily on tinned tomatoes (local and imported) which are really cheap and just as nourishing as fresh. They come in all forms from whole (skinned) to chopped and pureed. Quick and easy! SWH

  2. 5 stars
    Home run, Kelly! Quick preparation time and the combination of flavors were terrific. And, it was the perfect meal for these super hot triple-digit temperatures here in Arizona.

    1. Hi Sylvia! Burrata is a very creamy cheese that’s essential mozzarella that’s been injected with heavy cream. It’s mild tasting but delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this dish tonight and it was scrumptious. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. Came easily together and a great summer pasta!

  4. 5 stars
    You know how you see a recipe you like but you never made it so you are not quite sure how it will turn out. I made this recipe tonight and it exceeded my expectations, it was scrumptious! My husband and I both enjoyed it. Came together easily and a terrific pasta for the summer!

  5. 5 stars
    Beautiful pasta with no cook sauce so simply & easy we loved it that will b my go 2 quick yummy meal from now on many thx